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Kidney Donations Possible from Cardiac Death Donors

by Kathy Jones on August 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM
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 Kidney Donations Possible from Cardiac Death Donors

A new study from Cambridge University has shown that kidneys from donors who died from heart-related ailments are suitable for donation.

The study of over 9,000 patients revealed that cardiac-death donor kidneys work in a manner similar to brain-dead donor kidneys and also last as long as the latter.

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"Cardiac-death donors are an extremely important and overlooked source of high-quality donor kidneys," said co-author of the study Dr Dominic Summers, who is a UK-based transplant surgeon. "The widespread use of this technique will increase donation rates and save lives".

The study details are published in the UK medical journal the Lancet


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